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Taken 21-May-10
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Category:Animals
Subcategory:Wildlife
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Keywords:"Canis latrans", "Rocky Mountain National Park", Colorado, Coyote, Fox, country, dog, grass, hunting, jackal, nature, outdoors, prairie wolf, predator, rural, wildlife
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Dimensions1000 x 669
Original file size884 KB
Image typeJPEG
Color spacesRGB
Date taken21-May-10 09:28
Date modified14-Dec-11 09:11
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Camera makeSONY
Camera modelDSLR-A550
Focal length400 mm
Focal length (35mm)600 mm
Max lens aperturef/5.6
Exposure1/500 at f/5.6
FlashNot fired, compulsory mode
Exposure bias-1/3 EV
Exposure modeAuto bracket
Exposure prog.Aperture priority
ISO speedISO 250
Metering modePattern
The Look Of A Predator

The Look Of A Predator

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A Coyote pauses during the hunt of an Elk in Rocky Mountain National park, Colorado.

I have never witnessed a lone Coyote go after a full grown Elk before until I photographed this scene. Apparently this Coyote thought it was a Wolf and could take down a full grown cow all by itself. We watched this scene for a long time as the Coyote just would not give up, chasing the Elk through the river and in through the forested areas of Colorado's Rocky Mountain National Park, stopping only to rest for a minute or two until going at it again. The Elk seemed quite confused by the whole ordeal and had obvious bite marks on her lower hind legs. I wondered where the rest of the Coyote pack of Moraine Park was at as this was certainly their valley and theirs alone. No where to be found though. I managed to captured this shot of her while she took a breather and a moments pause to re-gather her stamina. Soaking wet from chasing the Elk in the river, she looked at us for a few moments before continuing onwards in her hunt, which I imagine was pretty unsuccessful. None the less, an amazing scene which I was able to witness and photograph.---John